Welcome to this week’s installment of DK’s healthiest foods. A new way of looking at some of my favorite plant-based foods, their health benefits and favorite recipes.
Since it’s officially the start of fall, let’s start with a spice used in everything from pumpkin pie, apple scones, and roasted sweet potatoes- Cinnamon.
Not only does cinnamon taste warm and inviting, it has incredible health benefits. Cinnamon’s unique healing abilities come from the essential oils found in the bark: cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol.
I recommend cinnamon as a natural way to help lower blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon also slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. I add a bit of cinnamon to my coffee grounds in the morning before brewing, so simple and so flavorful.
Typically used in baked goods, I also love cinnamon in savory dishes. I add a smidge (and I mean a smidge, along with freshly grated nutmeg) to my white sauce, tofu ricotta, and lasagna. Cinnamon adds a nice layer of complexity, a subtle heat. It’s also the perfect pairing with chocolate. Try a sprinkle into hot cocoa, coffee mocha, or my Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies.
Start the season off right with these other cinnamon favorites:
1. Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers
2. Cinnamon Granola
3. Vegan Cinnamon Buns
4. Honey & Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes